In yesterday’s Options Tribe meeting, tribe member Craig Wassenberg made an excellent presentation of his expiration Friday “pinning” trades. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a pinning trade is a trade that takes advantage of the tendency of certain stocks that become anchored to a particular options strike price on options expiration day.) It was an outstanding … Read More
An Options Tribe Member asks: Given that we’re about 55 days out from the July monthly options expiration, I was playing with a July 770-820-870 put butterfly on the RUT (when it was trading around 840). Usually the bid/ask spread for ATM and OTM puts on the RUT is narrow enough, but the spread on the 870 put ($51.80 by … Read More
For those of you who are movie buffs like me, you’ll know that one of the truly greatest films of all time is Cool Hand Luke, the titlecharacter having been played by Paul Newman in one of his finest roles. If you haven’t seen it, see it. What a great flick. The Paul Newman character is a prisoner on a … Read More
In our last blog post we discussed the reasons that options traders should take it slowly when adopting a new income strategy. Here are some simple steps you can take to assure that your adoption of a new options strategy is sound: Communicate with the developer of the strategy and see if he or she is still actively trading the … Read More
When developing traders enter into income options strategies, there is a tendency to become impatient when executing the opening trade. The trader will typically put an order in at or around the mid-price but often finds that the market is not biting on that price immediately. This can create anxiety and a feeling of impatience in the trader, arising from the belief that, since almost … Read More
While being irrationally exuberant over a short winning streak of options trades leads many traders to recklessly ramp up their capital levels leading to devastating, or even fatal, losses, there is an opposite problem, which is not necessarily fatal, but certainly leads to futility. “Irrational pessimism” is when you lose confidence in your trading strategy when there is no good reason to … Read More
In a speech delivered to the American Enterprise Institute in late 1996—in the middle of the formation of the dotcom bubble of the 1990s—then Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan coined the term “irrational exuberance” to describe an illogical optimism about the economy that was pumping up stock prices well beyond any reasonable level. History shows that he was correct, … Read More
This blog entry is the introduction to a series of posts about common mistakes made by options traders and how to avoid them.